Westholme geographers study retail trends

Year 9 field trip to Middlebrook and Bolton

As one in six shops across the UK lies empty, just what is the future of the British high street? With competition from out-of-town shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre, out-of-town retail parks like Middlebrook and online shopping how can Bolton town centre hope to survive? This topical issue is the basis of the Year 9 Geographers’ investigation and, despite the threat of snow, they set off last Thursday and Friday to interview shoppers in Bolton town centre and Middlebrook to find out what the general public think.  Just like retail guru Mary Portas, the girls will be suggesting how Bolton can reinvent itself and hopefully entice the shoppers back.